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Babr Ruth 's very last MLB game....

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May 31, 1935

THE NEW YORK TIMES, May 31, 1935

* Babe Ruth's final farewell
* Last game as a player
* Baker Bowl, Philadelphia PA
* MLB baseball

The sport's section (page 18) has a two column heading: "Phils Crush Braves by 11-6, 9-3" with subheads and box scores. (see) In the first game of this double-header, Babe Ruth struck out in the first inning, then hurt his knee taking him out of the game. This was actually his last time on the field of play as a baseball player. Always nice to have notable events in history reported in this World famous publication, especially here.
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete in 30 pages, this is the rare rag edition that was produced on very high quality newsprint, with a high percentage of cotton & linen content, allowing the issues to remain very white & sturdy into the present. Given the subscription cost, libraries & institutions rather than individuals were the primary subscribers of these high-quality editions. Nice condition.

wikipedia notes: On May 25, at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Ruth went 4-for-4, drove in 6 runs and hit 3 home runs in an 11–7 loss to the Pirates. These were the last three home runs of his career. His last home run cleared the roof at the old Forbes Field—he became the first player to accomplish that feat. Five days later, in Philadelphia, Ruth played in his last Major League game. He struck out in the first inning and, while playing the field in the same inning, hurt his knee and left the game.

Two days after that, Ruth summoned reporters to the locker room after a game against the Giants and announced he was retiring. He'd wanted to retire as early as May 12, but Fuchs persuaded him to stay on because the Braves hadn't played in every National League park yet. That season, he hit just .181 with six home runs in 72 at-bats. The Braves season went as bad as Ruth's short season. They finished 38–115, the third-worst record in Major League history, just a few percentage points fewer than the infamous 1962 New York Mets. Fuchs finally caved in under mounting debt and lost control of the Braves with just over two months left in the season.

Category: The 20th Century

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